Baseball Postseason Breakdown Series: Day V

NORMAN, Okla. -- The fifth part of the series is in, as Sooners Illustrated presents the latest version to the season wrap-up.

2011 By the Numbers:

2--Times the Sooners shutout their opponent. Both were in March, one in non-conference and the other in conference play. First, OU shut out San Diego State 4-0 in the San Diego State Tournament, and then it blanketed Texas A&M 1-0 two weeks later in Norman.

3--Players who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors. Third baseman Garrett Buechele, catcher Tyler Ogle and pitcher Michael Rocha--all three were captains--received the honor. Seven other Sooners were mentioned among the All-Big 12 teams.

7--Series OU swept. The Sooners defeated William & Mary, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oakland, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico without losing.

11--Sooners drafted following the season. The total is the most ever for an OU club. Ogle, first baseman Cameron Seitzer, pitcher Burch Smith, Buechele, closer Ryan Duke, Rocha, pitchers Jordan John and Tyson Seng, center fielder Chris Ellison, pitcher Bobby Shore and infielder Elliott Blair, in that order, rounded out the draftees.

16--Straight wins to start the season. This was also a program best, as the Sooners swept home series against William & Mary, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Oakland, along with individual wins over UT Arlington, San Diego State (twice), San Diego, California and the first two against Arkansas-Little Rock to accumulated the victories.

17--Different occasions where OU scored double-digit runs. Just less than half of those (eight) performances came during the initial winning streak. The Sooners scattered nine more throughout the remainder of the year, going 16-1 in outings where they posted at least 10 or more runs.

41--Games won by the Sooners. They finished with nine fewer victories than in 2010 but still an impressive number. It's the third straight year they've reached the 40-win plateau.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's version of the postseason breakdown series.

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